London is in the center of all fashion happenings right now. This was a season exciting debuts, anniversary celebration, and major changes. Here are the biggest highlights from LFW 2018 you don’t want to miss.
The mega-popular collaboration between J.W. Anderson and Uniqlo is getting a second edition. After announcing the initial news in December, today we got the first look at the Spring 2018 offerings. Just like the previous time, Anderson and the Japanese brand created essential everyday wear, which includes trendy designs made of functional fabrics.
This time Anderson got his inspiration from Brighton, a beautiful beach town in Britain. Through his work, the designer wanted to depict a warm British summer. There are strong ’50s vibes seen in the essential denim pieces and sailor white and navy stripes. Uniqlo’s comfortable technical fabrics are again in the spotlight of the collaboration. The Japanese retailer borrowed their water-resistant materials, flowing linens, DRY-EX fabric, and other wrinkle-proof pieces.
“In the second collection of the collaboration, I’m looking for this idea of British summer, the idea of being on Brighton Beach. Something which is very lightweight, very airy, with a lot of linen and cotton, that has a 1950s subcultural movement [mixed] with a little bit of ease and something which is quintessential. As a Uniqlo customer, I know exactly the quality that the brand gives to its products. I am very proud of the level of execution and the attention to details that we delivered on this new spring/summer collection.”- Anderson explained.
The Spring 2018 collection will feature over 30 men’s, women’s and unisex items. Unlike before, the color range is less diverse and kept to shades that relate to summer and sea. From the shared looks, you can notice that white and navy hues dominate the collection. As an addition to that, we will see plenty of denim, J.W. Anderson’s favorite fabric. Shot at the gorgeous beachside of the historic Brighton town, the lookbook shows matching denim bucket hats, jackets, striped tees and chic checked skirts.
The first J.W. Anderson x Uniqlo collection launched in time for Fall 2017. It was a huge success, with all the fun designs being sold within days. You’ve probably already seen all the vibrant pieces from the first line on your favorite bloggers. Starting from the rainbow-colored striped sweaters and scarves, to the fun oversized plaid puffers, every single item was classy and statement at the same time.
The official arrival date for the collaboration is April 19 at 9 p.m. at uniqlo.com. Starting from April 20, you can shop the collection in selected Uniqlo stores. Prices will range between $9.9 and $130. Better get your credit card ready for some serious pre-summer shopping. For all of you who can’t wait until April, Uniqlo’s U collection will drop tomorrow.
Photo Credit: J.W. Anderson x Uniqlo
The Fashion Awards announced the official nominees for 2017. Thirty-five designers are in the race of winning one of the prestigious categories. This year the Fashion Awards will happen on December 4. The astonishing Royal Albert Hall in London will be the place to be that night. This is one of the most important fashion events that celebrate the best ones in the industry. Each year this happening gathers famous fashion names, influencers, models, and designers. Aside from that, guests will be entertained with spectacular music performances by some of the best performers at the moment.
The Chairman of the British Fashion Council, Natalie Massenet and the CEO Caroline Rush revealed the nominations for this year’s awards. The two were accompanied by Nadja Swarovski, who is a part of the executive board of the luxury brand. Swarovski is the leading sponsor of the awards. Every single nominee has made a remarkable contribution in some way for the industry during the past year. In 2016 the event was rebranded and excluded the word “British” from the name. The whole point is to make the Fashion Awards more international.
“We are delighted to announce the nominees for the 2017 Fashion Awards. These fantastic talents are the very best of the global industry… Young designers are the heartbeat of our business, and it is up to all of us to foster and champion their vision.”- said Nadja.
Jonathan Anderson is the designer that earned most nominations this year, including ones for Designer of the Year, Accessories Designer of the Year, British Designer of the Year for womenswear and menswear. Another big surprise is the nomination of Rihanna and her collaboration with Puma. The singer scored a place on the list for Urban Luxe Brand, along Off-White, Vetements, Supreme and Gosha Rubchinskiy.
The Model of the Year and Designer of the Year are always the most exciting categories. In the first one, Kaia Gerber is making her debut on the list with only 16 years. She is accompanied by sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid, Adwoa Aboah and Winnie Harlow. In the race for Designer of the Year, you will notice the renowned names of Alessandro Michele for Gucci, Maria Grazia Chiuri for Dior, Raf Simons for Calvin Klein, Phoebe Philo for Céline and Jonathan Anderson for Loewe.
The Fashion Awards event donates a lot of funds to the BFC education foundation. All of the money is used to support young and emerging talents by helping them with scholarships. Last year the event raised more than $900.000 and half of that was used for the education foundation.
The British designer Jonathan Anderson and the Japanese massive clothing retailer Uniqlo collaborated on a collection. Their collaboration took most of us by surprise because of Jonathan Anderson’s experimental designing style. Anyway, if you take a look at the designer’s personal style you’ll find out that is very different from what he shows on the runways. Jonathan’s wardrobe is full of Uniqlo cashmere sweaters, Levi’s jeans and Converse and Nike sneakers. Besides his personal wardrobe, his Spring 2017 Men’s collection was also simpler and more wearable than his previous collections. His collaboration with Uniqlo was another sign that designer is moving away from the avant-garde pieces that his brand is known for.
“Uniqlo is something I wear daily, so it was personal to me and I became very excited,” Anderson told Vogue.
For the J.W.Anderson x Uniqlo collection the designer got inspired by his Northern Irish and British Heritage. The collection features cable knits, Fair Isle, Highland tartans and rugby stripes. The inspiration for the rugby stripes comes from the designer’s brother and father who are professional rugby players.
The plaid pattern was also very present in the collection. From plaid shirts and jackets to plaid shopping bag and backpack, there is a little bit of everything covered in plaid.
The collection features both men’s and women’s pieces. All of the pieces are very wearable and stylish. One of the most eminent designs are the elegant trench coats with plaid details.
Speaking of coats, J.W Anderson included several styles in plain colors. The structured light brown coat with belt is perfect for fashion-forward career oriented individuals. The duffel coats, on the other hand, carry a more relaxed vibe. The designer offered duffel coats in gray and vibrant red.
As for the tops, the collection includes striped as well as ruffled shirts and simple jumpers. J.W Anderson also designed a couple of graphic t-shirts and sweaters.
To compliment the tops Anderson designed simple A-line skirts, interesting ruffle skirts, khaki pants and casual jeans. The ruffle skirts add a playful vibe to the collection. These skirts come in striped, denim and simple black version.
The items from the J.W Anderson x Uniqlo collection are priced between $30 and $150. The full collection will be available for purchase at Uniqlo stores starting from September 21.
Photo Courtesy of Uniqlo
Uniqlo’s collaborations are always some of the most praised in the industry and, now that the Japanese giant has announced a partnership with J.W. Anderson, we bet things will get even more exciting from now on.
News that Uniqlo was about to enlist iconic fashion designer Jonathan Anderson to design a capsule collection was confirmed yesterday evening, although the rumors had begun spreading around a few weeks before. Ever since a possible collaboration between Uniqlo and J.W. Anderson came into sight, both Uniqlo’s and Anderson’s aficionados began wondering how such contrasting views on fashion could work together to create something pleasantly unique.
It is no secret, in fact, that the Northern Irish designer’s visions on fashion are rather glamorous and gender-defying, while Uniqlo’s are minimalist-chic and geometric. Anderson’s way of tearing apart what one often regards as conventionally feminine or masculine could, however, actually be the perfect match for Uniqlo, as genderless fashion and minimalism are more and more becoming an intertwined fashion concept.
“He is both a connoisseur of tradition and yet he defies tradition… The British tradition of dress — sweaters, trench coats — all of these things are very interesting to us, so how do we take that essential and give it a fresh spin?” Fast Retailing (which is Uniqlo’s parent), president of global creative John C. Jay told the Business of Fashion when asked about J.W. Anderson. “We need help with that, we need someone to develop it. And someone with his eye and his talent, it’s extraordinary.”
According to Jonathan Anderson, the Uniqlo x J.W. Anderson collaboration will also help any wardrobe become more democratic, which is no small feat when talking about high-end fashion designer partnerships.
“Collaborations are incredibly important in design,” Anderson explained to WWD. “When I think of Uniqlo, I think of things that are perfectly made, that people have spent a lot of time considering. It’s a difficult job, and I think Uniqlo does it very well. Working with Uniqlo is probably the most incredible template of democracy in fashion, and it’s nice that my design can be accessible to anyone, on all different levels.”
Following in the footsteps of Jil Sander, Inès de la Fressange, and Carine Roitfeld, J.W. Anderson’s collection for Uniqlo will come just in time for the autumnal season, and will be called The Life Wear. The line’s name, which is undeniably evocative, is expected to combine Anderson’s aesthetics with Uniqlo’s appeal for comfort and lightness, with the men’s and women’s wear staples all made of Uniqlo’s standard affordable, yet high quality fabrics. Each item will also function as a sort of single block from which any outfit could be built, as it always happens with any of Uniqlo’s clothing staples.
“Much of the clothing we wear today has a long history, and many styles originated from uniforms or work wear,” Yuki Katsuta, senior vice president of Fast Retailing (Uniqlo’s parent) and head of research and design at Uniqlo, stated. “The British Isles constitute a treasure house of such apparel, with duffle coats and fisherman’s sweaters being just two examples. In partnering with J.W. Anderson, one of Britain’s most innovative and creative brands, we will tap into traditions while pursuing progress in design and fabrics, to craft styles that are enduringly appealing.”
We cannot wait to see the first J.W. Anderson x Uniqlo The Life Wear staples!
Photo courtesy of J.W. Anderson
The J.W. Anderson fall/winter 2017-2018 ready-to-wear collection showed off an aesthetic that Jonathan Anderson called “uber feminine”. The collection featured a lot of experimenting, which is not unusual for most collections but for J.W. Anderson it was a leap outside the norm.
The collection was full of tops that were decorated with silver chainmail, pockets and folds, dropped waist skirts embellished with ostrich feathers, asymmetrical cut dresses with patch work designs and draped jersey. He was not shy on materials used to create the perfect fantasy collection by any means, incorporating nylon and silk, fur and leather throughout the collection.
Regarding the style transformation and journey the audience would experience, Anderson said: “You have this idea of something that is uber feminine, but at the same time it can crash, and then it kind of builds itself up again. It’s this idea of stripping it right back to an outline silhouette — something very reduced — and then you start to build it up again.” There was seemingly so much going on and a lot to track and follow but in reality the show was clearly organized.
Anderson was very clear about his vision, and his clean decision made abilities not leave room for confusion or misrepresentation in executing the design. The result of his methodology regarding the creating and then the presentation of his collection were so well done that although the collection sounds like a lot of confusion, it was not. The collection had perfectly clear transitions and a smooth overall flow.
The J.W. Anderson fall 2017 collection was easy to read and understand through all of the transitions. Thought was evident in every ensemble thanks to the amount of details spaced out through everything bearing the J.W. Anderson name. There was work wear, but also eveningwear, prints and draping and an easy translation of glamour and chicness.
No fall and winter collection is complete without outerwear, and J.W. Anderson really did not hold back there. There were shearling coats, fur coats, shrugs and bolero options to keep you warm as you go about your day. Many of these pieces do look incredible and could even be thought to be something else. For example, one dress featured such astounding draping that it looked as though the model was clothed in scarves.
It is no surprise that the range of clothes coming from Jonathan Anderson was spectacular or that each individual piece was beautifully well done – what was a surprise was how cohesive the collection of such different pieces looked. Like intricate clockwork, every individual garment actually worked in beautiful harmony with the rest to make the J.W. Anderson fall/winter 2017 collection work smoothly. The runway presentation was a work of art.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
It was a very narrow runway show really, with the girls walking right in front of the waiting audience, so close that the dresses swished against the legs of the onlookers. During the new J.W. Anderson spring/summer 2017 runway show that appeared on the London Fashion Week, it was clear that the designer was there to address dresses in particular, playing with the silhouettes, tailoring and loosening in different places, creating symmetry and asymmetry throughout, while also experimenting with some colors.
A generally provocative designer, Jonathan Anderson has always had a thing for exploring the relationship between male and female through his creations. Through this particular collection, the tendency seems to weigh in favor of the female look, but without the overt sexualizing found elsewhere on the runways throughout these few weeks.
Having newly gotten into womenswear but 6 years back, we can easily say that Jonathan William Anderson is without a doubt one of the better up-and-coming designers in the industry who deserves every award won to date. Plus, having received praised from Donatella Versace and being compared to her brother must have really boosted the new designer’s ego 3 years back.
Today, it appears that Anderson is also putting his mark on the venerable house Loewe. The interest in the North Irish designer now well established in London revolves around the fact that he works truly hard to get to where he is, producing a lot more than most designers, while keeping each collection innovative and exciting.
He is a man willing to get out of his comfort zone and challenges the world of fashion to do so as a whole, thus increasing flexibility and the ability to create something new at all times. No one wants stale fashion, but too many designers refuse to change things around and thus end up losing market space.
Known as fashion’s “Can-Do Kid” these days, the 30-year-old designer has brought us a collection that we rather like, though find hard to fall fully in love with. It takes us out of our comfort zone for sure, by playing around with the cuts in a way that really bothers those with an OCD complex. Of course, for fashion fanatics, that is a great trait for a collection to possess.
Things are generally kept quite mellow throughout, with sudden pops of color in pinks and yellows and reds. With 43 different designs, shoulders are bared and then the necklines rise high, boots replace laced colorful shoes while it appears that a sweater is worn around the waist, black outlines appear on dresses that are rather delightful a feast for the eyes, while hemlines quite clearly fall below the knees for the most part, sometimes in an asymmetrical manner.
In general, each design differs from the other, with no particular set of trends in sight, the footwear changing by the model and the hair appearing short and long, messy or smooth, blonde or brown, side part or center, etc. It is lovely overall, but there are too few that would be most suitable to wear out in one’s everyday lifestyle.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
Those who thought Bella Hadid was not going to break through fashion in 2016 should really change their mind. J.W. Anderson just tapped the American model for its fall 2016 ad campaign, and the results are theatrically gorgeous, indeed.
The J.W. Anderson fall 2016 campaign marks an important milestone not only for Bella Hadid, who less than two months ago got tapped as Dior’s brand ambassador as well, but also for J.W. Anderson. The label, whose creative director is Irish fashion designer Jonathan William Anderson, is being represented by such big names in the industry for the first time ever, in terms of both the brand ambassador and photographer.
Mysterious and kind of elegiac, the J.W. Anderson fall/winter 2016-2017 campaign is the result of iconic photographer Jamie Hawkesworth’s work, whose attitude towards fashion photography is more linked to documentary photography than to mere marketing. Jamie Hawkesworth’s campaigns are always innovative and well structured, and this specific J.W. Anderson campaign is no less so.
Evocative and intimate, the campaign draws inspiration from a fictional actress who, between one scene and the other, gets captured backstage during a break. Bella, who genuinely looks natural, as if she has been on stage all her life, is however not alone in the pictures. To her left, a boy poses along with a sinister puppet strung around his neck, adding an eerie factor to the entire campaign.
The two models sort of represent J.W. Andersen’s contrasting aesthetics, which have never failed to provide us with androgynous yet delicate proposals since 2008. Other interpretations of the campaign see the little boy as being Jonathan William Anderson himself, with the puppet embodying the behind-the-scene interpretation of his newest muse, Bella Hadid.
“When we were discussing the general concept of the campaign, we wanted a beautiful girl with a strong personality. Bella’s name came up and it was then decided!” explained Anderson in an official press note.
As for the campaign’s setting, in the perfect Jamie Hawkesworth tradition, it was staged outside London, in the country of the Lee Valley Regional Park, with Benjamin Bruno as the stylist (he has so far been one of Anderson’s favorites).
For this J.W. Andersen fall 2016 campaign, Bruno opted to focus on the label’s FW 2016-17 collection’s most eccentric proposals, which could help affirm the brand’s willingness to break all the fashion norms once more. Bella Hadid is seen sporting structured pieces, such as the peplum-trimmed skirt, a sleek blouse, a structured, heavyweight asymmetric shirt and the collection’s must-have accessory – a pair of super-pointy shoes.
The contrasting little boy on the left just stands there wearing a plain black t-shirt, which inevitably enhances Bella’s looks.
As of now, the J.W. Anderson fall 2016 campaign has been realesed only on j-w-anderson.com and on the label’s social media, so those who like to keep the printed versions of the campaign probably have to wait up until the September issues of international magazines get finally unveiled!
Photos courtesy of J.W. Anderson